“Hey, Mom, I need an answer fast—do you want to spend Christmas with me in England?”
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Title: Royal Holiday
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Date Published: October 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkeley Publishing
📚 Series: Yes, 4th, but can be read as a standalone.
📚 Genre: Contemporary romance.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Miscommunication between two lead characters.
⚠ Read if: you are looking for Hallmark-ish Christmas read.
Book Blurb from Goodreads
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.
Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.
Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.
Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?
About the Author
Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.
Royal Holiday is my first read from the author, Jasmine Guillory, and I admit it is a little foolish of me to start a series in its 4th installment. But, I was in the mood for a holiday read and this book is perfect for the readathon I participated in.
I loved that this book shone the spotlight on an older couple, 50-ish, I think, because this is not a common choice for sweet contemporaries.
Both the leads, Vivian and Malcolm, were fun to get to know, especially with the clashes in their personalities and cultures.
I didn’t expect much from this read aside from “getting out of your comfort zone” for a lead and some fun adventures. Luckily, this read was able to deliver that for me.
All in all, this book was so endearing, passionate, and romantic. I am curious to read what the first three were about, especially since I’ve seen reviews that the first three were better than this one. 😅
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Audiobook Production: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 4.00/5 ☁
What’s a good romantic comedy you can recommend? Tell me in the comments!